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Smart Growth / Transportation for Livable Communities

Transit-Oriented Development

The TODcast

MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have released a series of five narrated audio tours of transit corridors and transit-oriented developments in the Bay Area, featuring interviews with the planners, developers and stakeholders that made it all happen.

Whether you call them transit villages, walkable neighborhoods, or transit-oriented developments, the general concept is the same: when you cluster homes, services and shops around transit, you create a synergy that results in a whole host of benefits for the community and the region. You’ll hear more about what makes TOD work throughout our tour, as we talk to the people that are making it happen.

Each audio tour has a corresponding map. We recommend that you print the PDF and bring it along.

This series was developed by HearNow Productions.

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Hayward – Downtown

 A half-hour walking tour of downtown Hayward near the BART station.  Take BART to Hayward and explore the residential and commercial revitalization of one of the oldest towns in the east bay.

San Pablo Avenue – Rapid Bus Corridor

 Tour starts at the 19th Street BART station in Oakland- hop on board AC Transit’s 72R rapid bus and learn about the revitalization of this historic highway corridor as you ride through Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito.  Tour ends at the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station and lasts approximately 45 minutes one way.

Redwood City – Downtown

 A half-hour walking tour of Redwood City that starts at the Redwood City Caltrain station.  Hear about the renaissance of Redwood City’s retail, entertainment and arts district and their ambitious plans to bring new residents back downtown.

San Francisco – Third Street Corridor

 A walking and light rail tour of San Francisco’s rapidly changing 3rd Street corridor starting at the Giants ballpark at 2nd and King, traveling by the new Mission Bay development and ending in the Bayview neighborhood.  The tour uses MUNI’s T-Third light rail line -- allow 45 minutes for the tour and another half an hour to return to downtown San Francisco. 

San Jose – Downtown

 A walking and light rail tour of downtown San Jose, starting at Diridon Station.  See new mixed use and civic projects that are transforming San Jose’s transit corridors and hear from city planners about their bold efforts to bring more people, businesses and high speed transit to downtown.  Tour lasts about 45-60 minutes one way (you’ll want to leave another 45 minutes to return to Diridon Station) and includes taking VTA light rail from Diridon Station to north 1st street downtown – check VTA light rail schedules at the link below due to service frequency.  Diridon Station can be reached by Caltrain from San Francisco and the Peninsula, Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor from the east bay and points north, and by ACE trains from the Tri-Valley and points east.